ReMix: Bastion 'A 'Kid-pella'
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And now for something COMPLETELY different... Newcomer Square Law (Alex Gelinas) sends us our first Bastion ReMix and one of our only a cappella arrangements to date:
"The song I remixed is "Setting Sail, Coming Home" from the Bastion soundtrack by Darren Korb. I've titled this arrangement "A 'Kid-pella" - for (hopefully) obvious reasons, haha. The arrangement was created by listening to the original and creating new counter-melody and pad parts based around the melody and general chord progression. It was then produced by recording myself and a bunch of friends separately singing along with a guide track that I created with a MIDI file, then mixing & mastering was done entirely in Logic."
First off, let me take this opportunity to say that Darren's work on Bastion was PHENOMENAL & definitely a prime example of a great modern game soundtrack with fresh ideas. The game's key component of reactive narration was obviously a defining aspect of the audio, but it wouldn't have worked half as well without his beautiful & complementary score. It's been awesome to serve as an audio judge for the IGF awards the last couple years, where Larry & I have both had the honor and privilege of discussing game audio with Darren, Laura, and a bunch of other uber-talented folk.
The original is a dramatic vocal track with a really distinct progression & male/female vocal exchange that reminds me of Damien Rice; the minimalist, relatively conservative arrangement Alex has come up with makes the comparison to songs like 'Volcano' even more resonant, and I personally count that as a huge plus. The source was PERFECTLY suited to an a capella arrangement, and this might be a pretty straightforward approach, but what's been added is good, what's been subtracted & modified makes sense, and more importantly the performances are clean & emotive. I'm so freakin' glad this exists because I love the original, and this ReMix is like a having a second, Damien Ricey all-vocal alternate take that gains a new gravitas & space from the minimalism. Kudos to Alex & company for putting something together that's intuitive, distilled, and occupies the same emotional plane as the source while offering a different perspective! (Alex details a bit more of his typical creative process over at Giant Bomb. Check it out!)
Can't wait to hear more from you.
- Dodosaur on June 10, 2013
This is amazing.
Rock on ReMixers!
- LuckyXIII on June 9, 2013
If there had to be a "first" a capella OCR, I'm glad this was it.
- Melbu Frahma on June 7, 2013
Again, fantastic work!
- Flexstyle on June 7, 2013
Flexstyle;922343 wrote: thirty seconds in, and i've got goosebumps and tears already. beautiful.
We're gettin' all tingly!
But seriously, NICE WORK, Alex. :-) An awesome debut. I hope you and your crew team up for some more, it would be pretty sweet! (Oh yeah, I linked your G-Bomb tutorial to the writeup page. Thanks for mentioning it!)
- Liontamer on June 7, 2013
- Flexstyle on June 7, 2013
- Crulex on June 7, 2013
- XPRTNovice on June 7, 2013
If you're curious, I actually documented the whole process (more or less) on Giant Bomb. [URL="http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/bassman2112/blog/arranging-recording-mixing-mastering-a-song-part-1/93418/"]Here is a link[/URL] if you'd like to see! Feel free to shoot me anything here, or there haha.
Brandon Strader;922312 wrote: This is an impressive arrangement, and very enjoyable despite a little pitchiness in the vocals. :smile: This is vastly different from what I plan to do with the same sources. I felt like there could have been more personalization in the piece to make it your own (apart from doing it as acapella, of course)
That is very fair =) I actually made a point of doing my best to try and keep it as close to the source as possible, while changing the ornamentation with the background vocals to denote the different sections. If I end up doing any more A Capella stuff, I'll try to switch the arrangement up a bit more =) Thanks for the feedback!
- bassman2112 on June 7, 2013
- Flaglore on June 7, 2013
- Brandon Strader on June 7, 2013
- djpretzel on June 7, 2013